in Tirns, a small farming community in
Fryslân, the Netherlands, it was clear from
a young age that aesthetic pursuits rather than farm life would be Duke's
destiny, and her subsequent tertiary studies lay in this direction.
Displaying an aptitude for visual arts, she studied in areas as diverse as
fashion including fabric construction and design, and also commercial
photography & video. Duke worked five years in television
including content development, production and location scouting.
1997 Duke Albada graduated highly from the prestigious Gerrit Rietveld Academy
exhibiting two remarkable public art projects. After working many years as
a (part-time) architect/designer in Sydney she is now a recognized site
specific public- and installation artist. Duke’s public art is mainly
interpretive site specific, and is conceived to be thought provoking. She
searches for new approaches in her studio and gallery work and researches
social science, human senses and “time”. Materials used in her artworks
are many and varied, ranging from new media, light, audio, video,
evanescent matter (smoke, steam, water, soap bubbles), natural materials
and building products combined with more conventional art media's.
the past ten years Duke Albada has received numerous prominent commissions
for site specific interpretive public art as well as exhibited her work
widely in a number of selected group exhibitions and art prizes.
She has several works on permanent display. These include the Redland
Hospital at Cleveland QLD, Radisson
Hotel foyer in Sydney, the staff recreation area for shipping giant ANZDL & Contship’s, at the entrance to Kogarah Municipal Councils
chambers, NSW and in the foyer of the Caloundra Cultural centre QLD. Many of Duke's
commissions have been won via ‘intellectual tender’, in open competition
with other established artists and sculptors. She has been a regular
exhibitor at numerous prestigious public art events including the Helen
Lempriere Natiional Sculpture Award at Werribee Park VIC, Melbourne
City Laneway commissions, Noosa Head’s ‘Floating Land’, Sydney’s
‘Sculpture by the Sea’ and at the Montalto Winery where her ‘Peoples
Choice Award’ winning work was purchased for permanent display. Indoor
installations have been shown in the 'Object Gallery' and at the
Caloundra Regional Gallery.
Duke is currently enrolled at the Faculty
of Art and Design at the Monash University, Melbourne where she is
undertaking a Masters of Fine Arts
– researching and creating "interdisciplinary installations that generate
multi-sensory experiences and engage the visitor as an active
photo credit; Willemke